Directed by Scott Elliott, the production features Jack DiFalco, Bradley Fong, Paul Iacono, Peter Mark Kendall, Emily Cass McDonnell, Sea McHale, Zane Pais and Tony Revolori. The official opening night is Aug. 19. The limited run is scheduled through Sept. 27.
Here's how the plot is described in production notes: "In a society ravaged by warring gangs and a hallucinogenic-drug epidemic, Elliot and Darren, under the sway of the ruthless Spinx, throw parties for rich clients in abandoned apartment buildings, parties that help guests act out their darkest, most sinister fantasies. As the teenage brothers prepare for the latest festivities, some unexpected guests threaten the balance of the world they have created in the midst of this dystopian nightmare."
Mercury Fur premiered in 2005 at the Plymouth Theatre Royal in the U.K. and transferred to the Menier Chocolate Factory, London the same year.
This production marks Ridley's return to The New Group, where his play The Fastest Clock in the Universe got its U.S. premiere in 1998.
The design team for Mercury Fur includes Derek McLane (scenic design), Susan Hilferty (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), M.L. Dogg (sound design), Jeremy Chernick (special effects design) and UnkleDave’s Fight-House (fight direction). *
The New Group’s 2015-16 season will continue in November 2015 with Mark Gerrard’s Steve, directed by Cynthia Nixon and featuring Mario Cantone, Jerry Dixon and Malcolm Gets; and a revival of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Buried Child, featuring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan (previews begin February 2016), directed by Scott Elliott.
Productions in The New Group’s 2015-16 season take place at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street. For subscription & season info, visit thenewgroup.org. Subscriptions can be purchased by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, or in person at 416 West 42nd Street (noon-8 PM daily).